Friday, March 18, 2011

Shiner 102 Double Wheat

Shiner beers are from the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas.  They have been releasing a series of annual beers both before, on and after their 100th anniversary.  This is number 102 in that line.  "There's nothing finer than a Shiner."

This 6.2% ABV beer pours a deep, dark golden in color with half an inch of pure white foam.  The aroma is intense, fresh, malty in a french bread type of way, with a zesty, clean and grassy hop note.  The aroma really makes me look forward to giving it a taste.  The taste is nicely sweet, with the bread noted in the aroma now being more the crust than the white inside, and the finish brings on the hops as noted in the aroma with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.  If you see "double wheat" and are looking for some kind of weiss or wit beer, you will be sadly disappointed.  If you want an aromatic and flavorful "lager" type beer that balances sweetness, malt, and hops with a refreshing clean finish, then you will really like this beer, as did I.

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